The Inner Mounting Flame

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The Inner Mounting Flame
Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Released August 14, 1971 (1971-08-14)
Recorded 1971
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive rock
Length 45:30
Label Columbia
Producer John McLaughlin
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
The Inner Mounting Flame
Birds of Fire
(1973)Birds of Fire1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A)[2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[4]

The Inner Mounting Flame is the debut studio album by multinational jazz-rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, released in August 1971 by Columbia Records. After their formation, the group performed several debut gigs before they entered the studio to record their first album featuring all original material written by guitarist John McLaughlin.


The track "You Know, You Know" was sampled in Massive Attack's "One Love", Mos Def's "Kalifornia", Black Sheep's single "Similak Child", David Sylvian's "I Surrender", Cecil Otter's "Rebel Yellow" and Blahzay Blahzay's "Intro" from Blah Blah Blah album. The band Gumball covered the song "Awakening" on their 1992 Wisconsin Hayride EP.

A remastered version of the album, on CD, was released in 1998 by Sony Music Entertainment. It features a facsimile of the LP front cover, a new set of liner notes by Bob Belden, as well as many photographs of the band. "The Inner Mounting Flame" was included in 2011 as part of "The Complete Columbia Albums Collection" boxset, along with the other albums by the first line-up of the band, including "The Lost Trident Sessions". This version includes a version of "The Noonward Race" recorded live at the Mar Y Sol Pop Festival 3 April 1972. That version was previously available on the compilation album Mar Y Sol: The First International Puerto Rico Pop Festival, but the version included in the boxset is two minutes longer.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John McLaughlin.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Meeting of the Spirits" 6:52
2. "Dawn" 5:10
3. "The Noonward Race" 6:28
4. "A Lotus on Irish Streams" 5:39
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Vital Transformation" 6:16
2. "The Dance of Maya" 7:17
3. "You Know You Know" 5:07
4. "Awakening" 3:32


Mahavishnu Orchestra[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Don Puluse - engineer
  • Robert Honablue - engineer



Billboard (United States)[5]

Year Chart Position
1972 Jazz Albums 11
1972 Pop Albums 89


  1. ^ The Inner Mounting Flame at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ "The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra,John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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